San Francisco Mayor Declares October 8 'SFCASA Day'

Join the Celebration at ‘Hot Reggae Nights’ Benefit Event at Foreign Cinema

San Francisco, CA, September 29, 2009 --( San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, in celebration of SFCASA—The San Francisco Court Appointed Special Advocate Program—and its volunteer support program for children in foster care, has declared October 8, 2009 “SFCASA Day." The declaration coincides with SFCASA’s first annual Hot Reggae Nights benefit event. Kimberly Alvarenga, Assembly Member Tom Ammiano’s District Director, will present the SFCASA Day Mayoral Proclamation at the event.

SFCASA is the only volunteer program in San Francisco that empowers everyday citizens to become officers of the court to serve as advocates and mentors to abused and neglected children in foster care. The program helps to find safe and permanent homes for children and addresses their educational, healthcare and other urgent needs. SFCASA volunteers promote healthy emotional development and minimize the psychological consequences of abuse and neglect. Approximately 1,800 of San Francisco’s children under 18 years of age are living in foster care. Seventy five percent perform below grade level, 40 percent fail to graduate from high school and typically 50 percent end up homeless after they emancipate from the system at age 18. The SFCASA volunteer is often the only caring and consistent adult in the life of a child.

Join the Hot Reggae Nights Celebration on Thursday, October 8, 2009 from 7:00PM – 11:00PM at Foreign Cinema located at 2534 Mission Street in San Francisco. To purchase tickets to the event ($125 per ticket), make a donation, become a sponsor, or volunteer visit

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San Francisco Court Appointed Special Advocate Program
Kimberly Stirdivant